This letter is a “stone of remembrance”–a testimony to give praise to God for His provision. As many of you know, our family has gone through major trials and transitions since January 18 when Matthew had his motorcycle accident. Through all of it, we have seen God provide our every need on each step of this journey.
When we needed a place to live, He provided a 6-bedroom house for us to rent in Independence, MO (Kansas City). This gives us room for Matthew to live with us and for Todd to have a home office for Bible translation work. The Lord used church friends to provide free furniture to furnish the house and willing hands to help us move everything.
When our van broke down and would require thousands of dollars to repair, He provided $25,000 in unexpected gifts so we could buy a 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan with only 13,000 miles on it and provide it with a 7-year bumper-to-bumper warranty.
When we needed a second car, especially for teaching Kirsten to drive and for her to use to take early college classes and get to a job, friends donated a 2004 Volkswagen Passat in great condition.
When Matthew needed transportation, another friend donated a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 1500!
When we needed to transport our belongings from Croatia back to the States (pictured above at the warehouse), our home church gave a very large donation to cover the shipping and importing fees. (It should arrive sometime the latter half of July.)
Now that we are getting very close to the end of the recommended time window of six months in which Matthew needs to have nerve surgery, He has provided a surgeon who will do the operation. And just for fun, God also provided a sweet, totally white kitten, whom we have named Bela (which is Serbian for “white”). We can say with Samuel, “Thus far the Lord has helped us” (see 1 Sam 7:12).
Matthew and Todd will fly to San Francisco July 6, Matthew will have his surgery on July 10, and we will return to Kansas City when he is discharged from the hospital, which will hopefully be the following week. The goal of the surgery is to transfer intercostal (rib) nerves and a spinal accessory nerve to his deltoid and suprascapular so that after a year or so of the nerves growing they will provide lift to his shoulder and upper arm stump.
I (Todd) am working with the Roma translators in editing, correcting, and improving their drafts of Luke chapters 22 and 23 in the Arli, Bayash, Chergash, Gurbet, and Ludari languages. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not yet sure when I can travel back to Croatia or Serbia to meet in person with the translators.
Thank you for being God’s instruments in our lives to provide for us through your prayers, giving and encouragement.
Todd, Pamala, Matthew, Kirsten, Daniel, & Ariela